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Lorenzo and Elias hope for speedy Pedrosa return

Lorenzo and Elias hope for speedy Pedrosa return

Fellow MotoGP Spaniards wish rival well on road to recovery.

Two riders who have had their share of missed races through injury, Jorge Lorenzo and Toni Elias have both expressed their desire to see wounded rival Dani Pedrosa make a speedy recovery in time for the 2009 season’s opening race in Qatar.

The two were present at the opening of the Castelloli facility in Spain this past weekend, whilst Pedrosa was receiving the all-clear to leave the Barcelona hospital in which he underwent surgery on his left arm and knee following a crash in testing.

“I hope that Pedrosa is in Qatar, because he is one of the riders that brings life to the World Championship, and without him there would be something missing from the grid,” said Lorenzo of his persistent foe.

“He is a very strong rider, and I think that he is going to try to be there.”

San Carlo Honda Gresini rider Elias had two particularly injury-filled years in 2007 & 2008, including a spell on the sidelines after a sever leg break in Assen. He gave a message of best wishes to his countryman at the presentation.

“I don’t know how serious his injuries are, but I do know from experience that injuries are never a good thing. They arrive at unexpected times and make things hard, but you’ve got to push on through. I want to wish him the best; we’ll be waiting for him on track.”

Pedrosa will miss the final test of the 2009 preseason at Jerez due to his recovery from the injuries and surgery.

MotoGP, 2009

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